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Are you strong? Do you like building muscle and testing limits? Powerlifting may be the sport for you.

Overall body strength is the key to good performance in powerlifting. Just as sprinting is a pure test of speed, powerlifting is a pure test of strength.

How it Works

Powerlifting is a sport where competitors test their strength across three different lifts: Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. There are different weight divisions and age groups for men and women. In competition, lifters have three attempts to post a score on each lift. To post a score, the lifter must successfully complete the lift with good form throughout. If the lifter fails to post a score on a particular lift, they are disqualified from the competition.

How to Train

If you intend to compete, it is important that you track your progress as you train. Keeping a journal of the following will help determine your readiness for competition:

  • Repetition and weight used on competition lifts.
  • Amount of warm-up time used to get to competition weight and what weights you use during warm-up.
  • Repetitions and weight used on other weight-training lifts.
  • Your bodyweight during each lift.
  • Level of gear you were using on each lift (i.e. loose, tight, competition fit).
  • Amount of time it takes for you to put on that gear and what assistance is necessary.
  • Diet & supplement use during training.
  • General health during training.
  • Any injuries, minor or major.
  • Anything else you think a coach or trainer may need to know about your training.

There are a limited number of powerlifting events in which powerlifters who are blind and visually impaired can compete. We list them in the Events Calendar section on our website when we are provided with information.

If you’re interested in learning more about powerlifting or opportunities near you, email Joe Braca at

Link to Past Powerlifting National Championships Results

International Competition Resources

IBSA Powerlifting Web page
IBSA Powerlifting Rules
IBSA Powerlifting Events Calendar


Joe Braca
(719) 866-3019